Fairbanks, Alaska Population 2018

Fairbanks is a city located in the state of Alaska. It serves as a borough seat for Fairbanks North Star Borough. With an estimated population of 32,751, Fairbanks is the largest city in the interior region of Alaska.

Fairbanks History

In its earliest years, the region that is now Fairbanks was used by the Athabascan tribe, although it was not permanently settled. Archaeological evidence shows that Native Americans were in the area approximately 3,500 years ago, and it has been determined that the tribes were using the region for seasonal fishing and hunting.

The city of Fairbanks was settled by the Europeans in the early 20th century when it was founded by Captain E. T. Barnette. It was named after the Republican senator Charles Fairbanks. A trading post was set up in the area by Barnette before local gold prospectors came to the area to build mines and dredges.

Agriculture played a significant role in the city’s first years, particularly in the Tanana Valley. In the 1930s, construction began on the Ladd Army Airfield and major infrastructure was installed for the first time in the area. This led to significant growth in the population and the economy. The University of Alaska Fairbanks was also constructed and was the founding campus of the University of Alaska system. The Moose Creek Dam was constructed following a devastating flood that almost flooded all of Fairbanks.

Today, Fairbanks’ population only continues to grow. It is home to several minor league sports teams and boasts many attractions, restaurants and businesses. It is also the site of the Yukon Quest international sled dog race. Growth has slowed since the 1990s, however, and this could be due to Fairbanks’ ranking as one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S. for women and an overall crime rate that is higher than both the state and national averages.

Fairbanks Demographics

Fairbanks has a population of over 32,000. The city is over 32 square miles, and it has a population density of over 1,006 people per square mile.

Over 66% of the city is white, 9% is black, 10% are Native American, over 3% are Asian, and 9% are of Hispanic or Latino origin. Residents in the 25 to 44 age range make up the largest age group, accounting for nearly 33% of the total population. Over one-quarter of the population is under age 18, while 7.3% are over the age of 64. There are more males than females residing in Fairbanks, with 108.2 men for every 100 women. Over 10% of the population lives below the federal poverty line. Over 20% of people 25 years and older have at least a bachelor’s degree. Eighty-eight percent of the adult population has at least a high school diploma.

Fairbanks Population Growth

Fairbanks’ population from the 1930s experienced significant growth. In 1960, the city had over 13,000 residents. This number had more than doubled at the time of the 1990 census. However, the next census showed a population loss of 2%. In 2010, however, the population grew again at a rate of over 4%. Current estimates show that the population is up nearly 4% since the last census was taken. This shows that while the city is still growing, it is not growing quite as rapidly as it was during its early history.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
201731,644-346-1.08%
201631,9903521.11%
201531,638970.31%
201431,541-832-2.57%
201332,3732970.93%
201232,0761,3244.31%
201130,752-1,013-3.19%
201031,7651,5415.10%
200030,224-619-2.01%
199030,8438,19836.20%
198022,6457,87453.31%
197014,7711,46010.97%
196013,3117,686136.64%
19505,6252,17062.81%
19403,4551,35564.52%
19302,10090075.00%
19201,200-2,341-66.11%
19103,541411.17%
19003,5000.00%

Fairbanks Population in 2018Source: By Fairbanks Mike [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White21,613
Two or More Races3,262
Black or African American2,769
American Indian and Alaska Native2,385
Asian1,574
Some Other Race549
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander426

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Fairbanks Population Pyramid 2018

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Fairbanks Median Age

27.7


Total

26.2


Male

29.3


Female

Lancaster Adults

There are 23,891 adults in Fairbanks.

Fairbanks Age Dependency

47.1

Age Dependency Ratio

11.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36

Child Dependency Ratio

Fairbanks Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
4.6
Houses Without Mortgage
1,368
Houses With Mortgage
2,620
Vacancy Rate
12.6
Median Rent
1,277
Median Home Value
200,200
Renter-Occupied Units
6,977
Owner-Occupied Units
3,988
Total Housing Units
12,550

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Fairbanks for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 5.7% and the labor force participation rate is 73.3%.

Fairbanks Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size
2.75
Average Family Size
3.42
Total Households
10965
Married Couple Households
4955
Male Householder (no wife) Families
520
Female Householder (no husband) Families
1333
Non Family Households
4157
Total Families
6808
Households With Own Children
3703
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
7.8
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
0.3

Fairbanks Income Distribution

Indicator Value
Under $10,000
526
$10,000 to $14,999
454
$15,000 to $24,999
1,075
$25,000 to $34,999
1,143
$35,000 to $49,999
1,670
$50,000 to $74,999
1,970
$75,000 to $99,999
1,664
$100,000 to $149,999
1,462
$150,000 to $199,999
580
Over $200,000
421

Fairbanks Household Income

Income

Median

Mean

Fairbanks

Alaska

$56,306

$74,444

$72,965

$92,191

Under 10k10k - 15k15k - 25k25k - 35k35k - 50k50k - 75k75k - 100k100k - 150k150k - 200kOver 200k00.050.10.150.2

Fairbanks Education Data

Fairbanks Educational Attainment (over 25)

Indicator Value Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade
5693.09%
9th to 12th Grade
9675.26%
High School Graduate
4,92026.75%
Some College
5,75731.30%
Associates Degree
1,4808.05%
Bachelors Degree
3,24917.66%
Graduate Degree
1,4517.89%